Laser Hair Removal FAQs

Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions

HOW LONG DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL LAST?

TO DATE, THERE IS NO LASER EQUIPMENT THAT WILL PERMANENTLY REMOVE ALL OF YOUR UNWANTED HAIR.

AFTER EACH LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT, YOU WILL HAVE A HAIR-FREE PERIOD. AS YOUR TREATMENTS PROGRESS, YOUR HAIR-FREE PERIOD WILL BE LONGER AND LONGER. ONCE YOU HAVE FINISHED YOUR SERIES OF TREATMENTS, THE HAIR-FREE PERIOD IS NOTICEABLY LONGER, LASTING FOR SEVERAL MONTHS OR UP TO A YEAR. TO MAINTAIN YOUR RESULTS AND LENGTHEN YOUR HAIR-FREE PERIOD, WE RECOMMEND A YEARLY FOLLOW UP SESSION TO MAINTAIN YOUR DESIRED RESULTS.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT SOME OF YOUR HAIR WILL GROW BACK; HOWEVER, IT WILL BE A REDUCED AMOUNT, A FINER VERSION OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH.

IS THIS HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT SUITABLE FOR MY SKIN?

WITH THE INDUSTRY GOLD STANDARD 810 DIODE LASER AND ITS UNIQUE PATENTED HIGH REPETITION RATE AND LOW FLUENCE DELIVERY SYSTEM MAKES SOPRANO ICE THE SAFEST LASER AVAILABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES. DARKER SKIN TYPES MAY REQUIRE A NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL TREATMENTS COMPARED TO LIGHTER SKIN.

HOW DOES THE SOPRANO ICE WORK?

LIGHT FROM THE LASER IS DELIVERED GENTLY AND SAFELY TO THE ROOT OF THE HAIR. THE ROOT IS HEATED TO 45 DEGREES CELCIUS WHICH DAMAGES OR DESTROYS THE BASE OF THE FOLLICLE AND SEALS THE CAPILLARIES SO THAT IT CAN NO LONGER PRODUCE MORE HAIR.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS OR SESSIONS WILL BE NEEDED?

A TYPICAL COURSE OF HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENTS INVOLVES BETWEEN 6 AND 8 SESSIONS .AFTER AN INITIAL CONSULTATION , YOUR AESTHETIC THERAPIST WILL ASSESS YOUR NEEDS AND ADVISE YOU ON THE NUMBER OF TREATMENTS YOU MAY REQUIRE. THE NUMBER OF SESSIONS CAN DEPEND ON THE AREA BEING TREATED AND ALSO THE FACT THAT HAIR GROWS SLOWER ON THE BODY THAN THE FACE. THE INITIAL SESSIONS MAYBE 6-8 WEEKS APART AND GRADUALLY INCREASE TO 8-12 WEEKS APART. IN SOME CASES A SINGLE ONE OFF SESSION PER YEAR MAYBE RECOMMENDED TO ENSURE THAT THE PERMANENT HAIR REDUCTION REMAINS SUCCESSFUL.

HOW LONG DOES A LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT TAKE?

ON AVERAGE A LASER HAIR REMOVAL SESSION WILL TAKE 5 TO 15 MINUTES ON A SMALL BODY PARTS, SUCH AS THE FACE AND UNDERARMS. FOR MEDIUM SIZED BODY AREAS, SUCH AS BIKINI AND HALF ARMS, THE TREATMENT WILL TAKE APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES. FULL LEGS, FULL BACK, AND OTHER LARGER SIZED BODY PARTS WILL TAKE 1 TO 1.5 HOURS.

WHAT IS ANAGEN HAIR?

HAIR GROWS IN CYCLES CALLED ANAGEN, CATAGEN AND TELOGEN. THE ANAGEN HAIR IS THE ACTIVE OR GROWING HAIR WHICH IS ATTACHED TO THE BLOOD SUPPLY IN THE FOLLICLE. THE OTHER TWO STAGES ARE SHEDDING AND RESTING. ONLY ANAGEN HAIR CAN BE EFFECTIVELY AND PERMANENTLY DESTROYED WITH LASER HAIR REMOVAL. YOUR TREATMENTS SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT AT CERTAIN INTERVALS TO DESTROY THE HAIR IN THE ANAGEN STAGE.

DO I NEED TO PREPARE MY SKIN FOR HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENTS?

YES, IT IS EXTREMELY HELPFUL IF THE AREA TO BE TREATED IS SHAVED ON THE DAY OR THE DAY BEFORE. (FOR THE FACE IT IS BEST IF THE AREA IS SHAVED ON THE DAY OF TREATMENT). DO NOT APPLY ANY CREAMS, PERFUMES OR FALSE TANNING OINTMENT. MAKE SURE ALL FALSE TAN IS COMPLETELY REMOVED FROM THE SKIN. AVOID FALSE TAN BEFORE TREATMENTS AS IT WILL NOT WASH OFF IN TIME FOR YOUR SESSION AND YOU MAY BE REFUSED TREATMENT. AVOID USING CERTAIN PRODUCTS SUCH AS RETINOID CREAM AND STEROID CREAMS ON THE AREA. ALWAYS MENTION ANY PRESCRIBED OR NON-PRESCRIBED MEDICATION YOU MAYBE TAKING OR USING IN THE INITIAL CONSULTATION.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR MY FIRST SESSION?

SHAVING THE DAY BEFORE OR JUST PRIOR TO TREATMENT IS RECOMMENDED. YOUR ASTHETIC THERAPIST WOULD PROVIDE YOU WITH THE APPROPRIATE AFTERCARE ADVISE AND REMIND YOU OF WHEN YOU MAY SHAVE OR TRIM AGAIN.

CAN LARGE AREAS BE TREATED IN 1 LASER HAIR REMOVAL SESSION?

YES. SPEED, COMFORT AND EASE ARE HUGE ADVANTAGES OF THE SOPRANO ICE. THE TORSO, BACK, LEGS, ARMS AND CHEST TAKES ABOUT 30 – 60 MINUTES PER AREA.

CAN I WEAR MAKEUP ON THE TREATMENT AREA?

IT IS LIKELY THAT ANY MAKEUP WORN IN THE AREA TO BE TREATED WOULD BE REMOVED BY YOUR AESTHETIC THERAPIST. A CLEAR GEL IS APPLIED TO THE AREA TO BE TREATED PRIOR TO LASER HAIR REMOVAL AND REMOVED POST TREATMENT SO ANY MAKEUP ON THE AREA WOULD BE REMOVED IN THE PROCESS.

DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL HURT?

IN MOST INSTANCES, PEOPLE DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE AS A “WARM STONE MASSAGE” AND FIND THE SOPRANO ICE LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT COMFORTABLE, IN COMPARISON TO OTHER HAIR REMOVAL METHODS AND LASERS. THIS IS ONE OF FEW LASER HAIR REMOVAL PROCEDURES WHERE NUMBING CREAM IS NOT NECESSARY. IT TRULY DEPENDS UPON YOUR HAIR THICKNESS AND SKIN TYPE.

WILL THERE BE ANY REDNESS OR DISCOMFORT AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

SOME PATIENTS MAY EXPERIENCE A SLIGHT WARMTH OR REDNESS IN THE TREATED AREAS HOWEVER THIS IS RARE. ANY REDNESS OR PINKISH SKIN USUALLY DISAPPEARS AFTER A FEW HOURS. AT SKIN REVIVAL WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND A SHORT PERIOD UNDER THE DERMALUX (LED PHOTOTHERAPY) MACHINE AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ADJUNCT TREATMENT TO REMOVE ANY UNWANTED REDNESS.

IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL SAFE?

HAIR REMOVAL IS ONE OF THE AESTHETIC MEDICAL INDUSTRY’S MOST WELL-KNOWN AND RESEARCHED USES OF LASERS. TREATMENTS PROVIDED THROUGH THE ALMA LASER – SOPRANO ICE HAS PROVIDED SAFE AND EFFECTIVE PERMANENT HAIR REDUCTION FOR THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS WORLDWIDE. BECAUSE THE SOPRANO ICE UTILIZES AN IN-MOTION™ AND LOW-HEAT SETTINGS OUR TREATMENTS PROVIDE A LEVEL OF SAFETY UNLIKE ANY OTHER LASER HAIR REMOVAL PROCEDURE.

DOES THE UNWANTED HAIR FALL OUT STRAIGHT AWAY AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

HAIR IN THE TREATED AREA USUALLY FALLS OUT 3 TO 4 WEEKS AFTER THE TREATMENT.

HOW SHOULD I REMOVE HAIR IN-BETWEEN MY TREATMENTS?

WHEN UNDERGOING A COURSE OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL DO NOT PLUCK, WAX OR UNDERGO ELECTROLYSIS IN THE TREATED AREA AS THIS WILL AFFECT YOUR TREATMENT PLAN. SHAVING IS THE RECOMMENDED HAIR REMOVAL METHOD BETWEEN LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENTS.

WILL MY HAIR EVER GROW BACK AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

ACTIVELY GROWING HAIRS THAT ARE TREATED SHOULD NOT GROW BACK. ONCE A HAIR FOLLICLE IS DAMAGED IT CANNOT GROW HAIR. HOWEVER, HAIR FOLLICLES THAT WERE NOT IN THE ACTIVE GROWTH PHASE WILL NEED TO BE TREATED. THERE ARE FOUR STAGES IN HAIR GROWTH, EARLY HAIR GROWTH, ACTIVE HAIR GROWTH, REGRESSION AND RESTING.

IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD DO BEFORE AND AFTER A LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT?

DO YOUR BEST TO MINIMISE A SUNTAN TO THE AREA BEING TREATED: THIS COULD MAKE THE TREATMENT LESS EFFECTIVE. THIS INCLUDES SUN-BEDS AND TANNING PRODUCTS. SKIN PREPARATIONS SUCH AS RETINOL, GLYCOLIC OR ACNE PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE AVOIDED. CERTAIN MEDICATIONS WILL MAKE THE SKIN SENSITIVE TO THE LASER LIGHT.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER MY LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT?

IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOUR TREATMENT, YOU MAY SEE SOME TEMPORARY MILD REDNESS AT THE TREATMENT AREA, WHICH MAY LAST UP TO 2 HOURS OR LONGER. IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY DISCOMFORT OR SWELLING, YOU MAY APPLY ICE IN 15-20 MINUTE INTERVALS FOR THE FIRST FEW HOURS AFTER YOUR TREATMENT, OR AS NEEDED. AFTER YOUR TREATMENT, YOU WILL ALSO NOTICE THAT THE HAIR REMAINS IN YOUR SKIN. THIS IS BECAUSE THE PROCEDURE DOES NOT ACTUALLY EXTRACT THE HAIRS.

RATHER, IT KILLS THEM AT THE ROOT AND IT CAN TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOUR BODY TO GO THROUGH THE NATURAL PROCESS OF PUSHING THE DEAD HAIR OUT OF THE FOLLICLE. WHILE YOUR BODY IS PUSHING OUT YOUR DEAD HAIR FOLLICLES, IT MAY APPEAR AS IF YOUR HAIR IS GROWING. THIS IS NOT THE CASE, AS THE HAIR IS BEING GRADUALLY PUSHED UP THROUGH THE SURFACE OF YOUR SKIN UNTIL IT NATURALLY FALLS OUT. YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO PULL OUT THE HAIRS OR TRY TO HELP THEM FALL OUT IN ANY WAY. ONCE THE DEAD HAIR HAS FALLEN OUT OF THE FOLLICLE, YOU WILL EXPERIENCE A HAIR-FREE PERIOD. AFTER YOUR FIRST TREATMENT, THE HAIR-FREE PERIOD WILL BE BRIEF, HOWEVER, AFTER EACH SUBSEQUENT TREATMENT; YOUR HAIR-FREE PERIOD WILL BE LONGER AND LONGER. WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR TREATMENT SERIES, APPROXIMATELY 80% OF HAIR WILL NOT GROW BACK. THE REMAINING 20% OF YOUR HAIR WILL GROW BACK, THINNER AND SOMETIMES LIGHTER AFTER AN EXTENDED HAIR-FREE PERIOD. AFTER UNDERGOING MULTIPLE TREATMENTS, SOME PATIENTS EXPERIENCE HAIR-FREE PERIODS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS AND UP TO MANY YEARS.

IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL SUITABLE FOR BLONDE, RED AND FINE HAIR?

AT YOUR CONSULTATION, YOU MAY BE ASKED TO UNDERGO A PATCH TEST TO DETERMINE THE EFFECT ON YOUR HAIR COLOUR. WHITE HAIR CANNOT BE EFFECTIVELY REMOVED WITH ANY LASER. SOME SHADES OF RED OR BLONDE ARE ALSO DIFFICULT TO TREAT WITH LASER. THE NEW TECHNOLOGY OF THE SOPRANO ICE MEANS THAT FINE HAIR AND HAIR COLOURS THAT HAVE PROVEN UNSUCCESSFUL WITH OTHER LASERS CAN RESPOND TO THE SOPRANO ICE. THIS IS WHY WE PERFORM A PATCH TEST.

CAN MEN HAVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

YES, MEN AND WOMEN CAN HAVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENTS (PROVIDED SUITABILITY IS ASSESSED PRIOR TO INITIATING TREATMENT).